There are people who are known for their specific talents and things they have done to change the world.
People know them for being iconic for that specific thing they did, however, there are some things that they have actually done that not a lot of people know about. Who would have though that musicians, writers and more, could have a degree in law? Even before they became widely known for their notable careers. Here some of them.
ANDREA BOCELLI – Musician
Musicians are known for their creativity as an artist through the songs that they write and sing. One of the most well-known classical pop musicians in the world is Andrea Bocceli.
One of the reasons why he is so iconic is because he is blind. He is known for the classical pop song that he sang together with another iconic singer, Celine Dion, called “The Prayer”.
However, what people don’t know is that this famous Italian musician actually went to law school. Being in law school is more of a brighter and secured career compared to being a musician, but obviously, it was not for him. Bocelli only became a court-appointed lawyer for about a year and then pursued his love for music.
DAVID STERN – NBA Commissioner
Most people think that in order for you to become a part of the NBA, you would have to play basketball. Obviously, that is not the case for being an NBA Commissioner. David Stern served as the National Basketball Association’s commissioner for 30 years.
However, he actually started as a legal representative of the league in 1966. From then on, he was hired by a former commissioner, the late Larry O’Brien, as a general counsel, who passed down the commissioner title to him, until Stern retired in 2014.
FIDEL CASTRO – Politician
When it comes to politics in South America, Fidel Castro’s name was one of the most famous ones you’ll hear. He was notable for being the leader of Cuba for over 50 years.
Cuba is a small island in the Caribbean. Castro became way too old and unhealthy to rule so he passed it down to his younger brother, Raul Castro, who is the current president of Cuba.
Before being known for being a dictator, he studied law at the University of Havana, where he admitted to having been politically illiterate. This is where he became aware of the corruption in the Cuban government and fought for his countrymen’s rights a few years later.
CHARLES PERRAULT – Author
Who would have thought that the author of world renowned fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, and The Sleeping Beauty, was actually a lawyer? Charles Perrault studied law and joined the government office for years. Perrault did not, however, start writing until he was at the age of 67 when he dedicated himself to his children and wrote stories for them. These notable tales were of course based on French popular tradition. His stories were used as an inspiration for the stories of German siblings, Brothers Grimm.
Nothing is truly impossible as long as you believe in yourself. These people proved that you can be more than just what people believe you are.
That is why it is best to think of these people as an inspiration for doing something that not everybody knows they actually did. Having a law degree is too far from being easy, but doing something else besides that and being known for it is beyond amazing. Don’t be afraid to explore, you may not know where life will take you.